“Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.” Hebrews 4:1
In the Old Testament God had planned for the Israelites to enter rest in the land He was giving them. Since many did not follow His commands and trust Him, they were not allowed to enter that rest. The author of Hebrews points out that God is at rest, looking back in Genesis right after creation, God rested. That rest that God is in, is still available to believers now.
The ultimate rest comes when a person steps into heaven. Then he will have peace and rest for all of eternity with God.
The problem many people have is that they have not entered into heaven yet. During this time on earth, there is no complete perfect rest yet. Since there is no perfect rest on this earth, every believer must continue to move forward towards that rest.
People often choose to give up on God because of a bad situation in their life. When they do not see a way out, they run. This is just like the Israelites in the wilderness. When they did not see food or water, they complained. When they saw giants in the new land, they complained and ran. Since they complained and ran, they were not allowed to enter that rest.
Today, as a believer, you must trust God in every situation. Do not give into the fear that many have. The mountain or enemy in front of you may seem large and impossible to overcome, but God is greater and stronger. God can help bring you through whatever is in your way, if you allow Him to do so.
The world will offer you temporary rest, or temporary protection. The world will seem to offer you a lot, but if you give in to what the world is offering you, then you will fall short of His rest. You will lose in the end.
Watch yourself and do not allow yourself to fall short of His promise. Run the race and finish it. Aim for His rest and His rest alone. Trust God and follow Him.
I pray today that you will trust God in the situations in your life; that you will not complain or run away from what God has for you; that you will aim for entering His rest; and that you will not fall short of what God has for you.